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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

23-12-2010 Merry Christmas


22-12-2010 Eco Trend: Clean and go green

With the new Electrolux vacuum range, you can now help the environment while doing your housework. Electrolux is the latest company to jump on the recycling bandwagon and we think they deserve a pat on the back. Their “Vac from the Sea” range is made up of plastic waste recycled from the ocean. Not only are they environmentally-friendly, but these vacuums also come in five funky patterns. With these vacuums, you can clean with a conscience. Electrolux clearly got the memo that recycling is cool, and we’re happy that now, cleaning has a feel-good factor.


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Content Source: http://newsroom.electrolux.com

Video: www.youtube.com

 

17-12-2010 Design Trend: Ring Fit for a King (literally)

Imagine your dream house. Now imagine it’s on your finger. Okay, let’s back up a minute and explain. French Jeweler Philippe Tournaire has designed the Villa de Reve, a collection inspired by the architectural rings from the Merovingian age. These carefully crafted 18k rings are miniature depictions of actual buildings, monasteries, chateaus and homes from New York to Dubai. Set in Paris, the brand is making its way to the United States. So wrap the entire city of Paris around your finger. Oh la la!

Image Source: www.sliceofstyle.com

Content Source: www.philippetournaire.comwww.luxist.com

If you like this trend, you might also like 'With Love From Mexico' and 'Sh! Keep it Down'.

 

15-12-2010 One Glove to Rule them All

Give us a hand for a minute? No, really. This iPhone keeps slipping out of my hand but I’m too cold to take off my mitten. This is where hands free gloves come in. All the latest smart phone touch screens require the magic human touch. These Freehands gloves are specifically designed for when you need to navigate away on your gadgets. The gloves have ‘retractable hoods’ for your index finger and thumb. So you can punch in whatever you need to say and then retreat to the warmth and

safety of the glove. Gone are the days of holding your gloves in your teeth every time you need to dial. 

 

Image Source: www.freehands.com

Content Source: www.freehands.comwww.styleproofed.com

 

If you like this trend, you might also like these trends: 'Getting Jiggy with the App-enings' 'Light as a Feather' or "Turning up the Heat".

 

 

10-12-2010 Certified Apple & Bee Organic Bags

The plastic fantastic sensation is fast disappearing and

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in its place comes the green bag. Apple and
Bee, a carbon neutral company, has taken charge of the movement by designing some of the most stunning, eco-friendly summer totes on the market. Armed with a biodegradable lining to keep your fruit and veggies fresh, the eco tote is the perfect size for weekend shopping. You can also take the Air Mail Canvas Tote for a spin, place it by your latte, or walk with a spring in your step to the beach, stockpile your belongings for a weekend getaway; whatever you fancy, it’s the perfect accompaniment with its postcard visage and Australian stamp in the corner, this homegrown Aussie company is paving the way for a greener, more stylish future.

  

Image Source: www.appleandbee.com

Content Source: www.appleandbee.comwww.petersofkensington.com.au

 

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06-12-2010 The Urban Uber Baby

Ubabub has designed the pod; a cot for the modern, innovative baby out there. Using the pod is a lot like placing your baby inside a cozy, cocoon-shaped cot, nurturing and cradling the baby until it becomes a butterfly, uh, toddler. The pod cot is made from recyclable materials and smooth, rounded edges, clear acrylic sides with star-shaped cutouts, providing extra airflow and a way for the parents to keep an eye on the baby. Once it’s time for the baby to fly from its nest to tackle the big bed, the cot converts to an adorable junior bed, one of the more seamless transitions of life.

Image Source: www.urbanbaby.com.au

Content Source: http://thedesignfiles.netwww.ubabub.com

 

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30-11-2010 Not Your Average Toy Watch

Admit it. You love plastic toys as much as that three-year-old playing with his transformer doll. You might also love an oversized watch that looks like a cross between plastic and ceramic (dubbed Plasteramic). ToyWatch. It’s bright, big and colourful. Browse through a range of styles that are designed to look like luxury designer watches from Milan-based designer Marco Mavilla. Do they look familiar? You might have seen them on celebrities like Madonna, Charlize Theron, Oprah Winfrey, Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio and the Ellen DeGeneres show. That’s right - flashing their big toy watch guns. 

Image Source: http://fashionbombdaily.comhttp://toywatchusa.com/

Content Source: www.toy-watch.ithttp://justfillmein.com

 

 

 

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25-11-2010 Muji the Japanese Ikea

Muji. The Japanese Ikea. Minimalism is its motto. So in keeping with the minimalist feel, I won’t say too much more on that. Except that you can read more about their motto here. Not only do they keep it simple, they also keep it eco friendly. They refuse to use harmful materials and packaging is kept to a minimum. Check out their unisex ankle socks made from recycled yarn. Available in an assortment of cool and crazy colours, they are a super comfy way to get the addiction started. Using recycled cardboard, unbleached cotton and practicing sustainable forestry, you can be sure your furniture and clothing from Muji comes from a good place. 

Image  Source: www.thedailygreen.comwww.momastore.org

Content Source: www.muji.uswww.businessweek.com

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22-11-2010 Mighty Rulers of History

These cleverly titled and formidable creations from Design for Use, known by their respective names, ‘History by the Meter’ and ‘Technology by the Meter’, are exemplary in literally showing how useful design can be. Each ruler set stretches out to two meters with a set theme of historic outlines. Filled with useful facts and compact in nature, they come in a vintage style complete with an overview of historical events and technological innovation. The only drawback might be whether you’re allowed to use them in history exams (we won’t tell if you won’t).

 

 

Image Source: www.blueribbongeneralstore.net

Content Source: www.designforuse.com.au

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18-11-2010 A Bit of Urban to your Ears

We love people who care about what they do: namely, making headphones. Urbanears is a collective from Scandinavia wanting to build global relationships with their brand, focusing on design, form and bringing people together to ‘transcend individuality and unify the sound experience’. Well that ‘sounds’ pretty good to us. Colour and form are crucial to the brand and their headphones reflect this: embodying that style of retro DJ we all aspire to casually possess. They are highly functional, fashionable and stylish; they also provide rich, secluded sound. To make matters more compact, it even folds down to the size of your fist, so you could say it truly packs a punch.

 

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Content Source: www.urbanears.comwww.highsnobette.comwww.vagabondish.com

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15-11-2010 An Eco Friendly Fireplace

Before you walk out to collect some wood to keep the fire burning, let me present you with an alternative. Blomus is a modern design company from Germany that specialises in home and office furnishings, using stainless steel to create beautiful works of art. The eco-friendly Vidro fireplace is low on pollution, fueled by clean and smokeless ethanol. It’s also an incredibly stylish, first class and modern fireplace with a sleek, stainless steel finish, perfect for homes without chimneys. It’s easy to install and maintain and is rapidly growing in popularity around the world, particularly in Europe. This is the modern day answer to keeping your home warm without sacrificing the cosy ambience that can only come from the glow of a fire.

Image Source: www.007.de

Content Source: www.blomus.com

 

 

 

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10-11-2010 Vintage Paperweights

Keep paper where it should be with collectible, limited edition Woodland Animal paperweights from Mirjami Design. Individually handmade, these unique creations have their own look and come in the form of owls, mice and shrews. Made with British woollen fabrics and stuffed with recycled polyester and steel pellets to keep them settled on the page. Laura Mirjami has been creating animals from vintage Finnish fabrics and is constantly on the hunt for rare, vintage fabrics, which she uses to create adorable pieces with individuality and flair. I’m personally a fan of the wide-eyed owls with their cute, pondering expressions. 

Image Source: www.notonthehighstreet.com

Content Source: www.mirjamidesign.com

 

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08-11-2010 A World of Colour

What does your interior world say about you? Do you represent the Mardi gras colours? Or are you urban pink, fresh salmon or a startling green? Neutral colours need not restrict you anymore. Unleash the colour palette within by adding a bit of ‘pop’ to your interior surroundings. Colourlovers show you how, with spectacular examples of bright, springtime colours that won’t dominate your surroundings. These design ideas take a single feature and apply bright, conceptual colours to create a refreshing and natural colour scheme in your home. Be inspired with colourful ideas to brighten up your world with customised rugs, colourful benchtops, wall features and more.

  

 Image Source: www.colourlovers.com

Content Source: www.dwell.comwww.colourlovers.com

 

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05-11-2010 Light as a Feather

Sleek, light and weightless - the new MacBook Air needs no introduction. Coupled with functionality, mobility and a flawless design, Apple (our favourite technological fruit) is launching a new generation of MacBooks with the intention of eventually replacing mechanical hard disks and optical drives. Relish in the virtual weightlessness of only 2.3 pounds! Enjoy increased mobility with longer battery time and the very affordable starting price of $999. Although we advise you take caution when attempting to hold the MacBook Air with your bare hands – this baby is so hot it might burn*.


*Well, not literally.

Image Source: www.digitaltrends.com
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01-11-2010 Eco Friendly Organic Perfume

Chemicals here, chemicals there, chemicals everywhere! When did life get so messy? Perfume designer Olivia Giacobetti addressed this when she created a line of 100 percent certified organic fragrances free of all the chemicals that aggravate the skin. Her label Honore des Pres has been creating organic perfumes made of natural essences and has recently launched the ‘I Love NY’ fragrance collection featuring ‘Love Coco’, ‘Vamp a NY’ and ‘I love les Carottes’. Not only is she ecological and organic, but also the designs reflect the eco-conscious nature of the perfumes. The packaging won a prize for best design (our favourite is the coffee take-away cup bottle!)

Image Source: www.honoredespres.com

Content Source: www.honoredespres.comwww.ugotawish.com

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29-10-2010 High Fashion Kitchen Utensils

Italian designer Alberto Alessi believes that ‘a true work of design must be able to move people…to go against the grain’. Following in the footsteps of his mantra, the Alessi brand is iconic for everyday items that inspire, surprise, trigger memories and convey feelings. Alessi is known for taking ordinary tools and objects, specialising in kitchen utensils, and designing them in a way that elevates the objects to a level of high fashion. The popular spiderlike lemon squeezer is a must-have item for its clever ingenuity. Alessi flagship stores are expanding around the world, so keep an eye out for this iconic brand.

Image Source: www.squidoo.com

Content Source: www.alessi.com

 

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28-10-2010 Hidden Spaces

Modern day living is a challenge, particularly when our living spaces are getting smaller. Minimalist and space saving furniture designs are often expensive alternatives. University students in Sweden have come up with the concept of Matroshka (inspired by the Russian dolls which are placed inside each other) creating a collection of furniture which, when compacted, is only 4 m2, yet has room for a bookshelf, double bed, sofa, dinner table, foot stools and seating for 12, workspace, wardrobe, cleaning products box and folder storage. Phew! Expand and enjoy this easy, practical and inexpensive solution.

Image Source: curbly.com

Content Source: www.matroshka.se


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26-10-2010 Human Powered Transport

The Shweeb is like a monorail but there’s just one important difference. It’s completely human powered! The Shweeb is a pedal-powered pod-car, set to be one of the most efficient vehicles on earth. It’s fast, it’s carbon-free and with the right technology, this could be the way to improve transport in large, overpopulated cities and decrease the reliance on motor vehicles. Already existing at an amusement park in New Zealand, the Shweeb has been developed by Geoffrey Barnett. The concept has just been awarded $1 million by Google for fund research and development in an urban setting. 

Image Source: www.spiegel.de

Content Source: www.shweeb.com, www.shweeb.co.nz

Video Clip: www.youtube.com

 

25-10-2010 Let it Be

Dearest ‘Be’ chair, where have you been all my life? Here’s a chair that responds to the way you sit and move, no matter what you’re doing. It’s a multi-posture, multi-mode task chair – and it’s a world first! Created by Formway, the Be chair is so intuitive; it’s almost as human as you. It offers you support and freedom by naturally responding to your movements. The design comes as a response to accommodate the changing workplace environment. The chair is also linked to supporting both mind and body, helping us to communicate better, promoting wellbeing and ergonomics. So be supported, be comfortable, just…be.

Image Source: www.indesignlive.com

Content Source: www.formway.comwww.designawards.com.au

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19-10-2010 Turning up the Heat

Mobile phones are now ‘smart’ (what were they before?) and becoming increasingly complex in nature. London designer Patrick Hyland has come up with a mobile phone concept called the Nokia E-Cu (E for environment, Cu for copper) that can be charged by the heat in your pocket. It works by using an integrated thermo generator that converts heat from any source into electrical energy. The benefits include eliminating the waste generated by discarded mobile chargers and reducing the amount of electricity needed to charge them. The design is cleverly made up of engraved heat sinks, which resemble dried earth, a nifty way of saying we need to go back to our roots.

Image Source: www.dezeen.com

Content Source: http://patrickhylandproductdesign.blogspot.com

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15-10-2010 I like: Pink Mania

The rivers are running pink with the excitement of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The ‘Think Pink’ campaign launched a variety of products adorned in pink from brands like OPI, Dove, Pandora and more. Celebrities like Sarah Murdoch, have donated their faces to raising awareness for the cause like through the Pink Ribbon Breakfasts. The most recent campaign went viral on Facebook as women wrote, ‘I like it on the….’, followed by a place where they like to put their handbags. This got men scratching their heads and people talking around the world. This is an amazing feat for the cause. When breast cancer is detected early on, the survival rate is increased.

              

 

Image Source: www.yahoo.com

Content Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

15-10-2010 It is Raining Tennis Balls!

Brooklyn based designer Hugh Hayden is no stranger to designs featuring tennis balls. Having fashioned tennis ball racquets for Lacoste’s boutique window display at the 2010 US Open, he then went on to create limited edition furniture like the HEX Tennis Chair and the HEX Tennis Dog Bed – a chair and dog bed made entirely of tennis balls. Both are constructed in a sustainable manner using recycled tennis balls. Surprisingly, the tennis balls create a very ergonomic experience. He has since gone on to create handbags, a raining cloud tennis ball cupcake in the Little Cupcake Bakeshop in Brooklyn and much more!

 

Image Source: www.yatzer.com

Content Source: www.hughhayden.com

 

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15-10-2010 Flo Rider

We do love single devices with multiple functions. Enter the Flo Water Deflector and Faucet Cover from Boon Inc, which diverts the flow of water from the faucet for a gentle water flow. Handily enough it also comes with a protective covering to help guard against injury. Its third function is to dispense bubble bath! It’s easy to attach, inexpensive and fun to use. Simply watch the water extend to create a gentle waterfall effect, making rinsing hair easy. Go with the Flo! 

 

 

 

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Content Source: http://booninc.com

 


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14-10-2010 Getting Jiggy with the App-enings

There’s nothing quite like being able to impress friends with all the latest happenings around town. So strike me down when I can’t remember that place, on that corner, somewhere in that suburb that just might have that stuff called food. So what to do? You can’t lug the yellow pages around (well you can, but it’s not a pleasant or trendy experience). Cue worldwide popular online city guides like the European Spotted by Locals and the Australian ‘Thousands’. The Thousands now provide nifty little iPhone applications that point out where the best nearby restaurants, cafes, bars, galleries, shops and events are at with the ‘Near Me’ function. The good news for non-iPhone users is that Blackberries and Smartphones will soon be sporting these bad boys. 

 

Image Source: www.monkii.com.au

Content Source: http://thethousands.com.au/www.spottedbylocals.com

 

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13-10-2010 Edible Drinking Cups

Take the simple act of drinking to a whole new level with Jelloware cups from The Way we see the World, innovative product design consultancy in New York. The Jelloware cups look like real cups but are made of agar agar, with different flavours to complement your drink like lemon-basil, ginger-mint or rosemary-beet. Nibble on your cup as you go and when you’re done, any left over parts are composted, so it won’t leave any harmful imprints on the environment. Absolut are developing a concept of Jelloware cups that complement different vodka cocktails like a pepper celery cup for a bloody Mary or a garlic olive cup for a dirty martini. What a delicious and fun way to keep the environment out of harm’s way!

 

Image Source: www.thewayweseetheworld.com

Content Source: www.theurbangrocer.comwww.geekosystem.com

 

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12-10-2010 We Love Pico!

Meet Pico. He has a camera for one eye and a projector for another. He smiles alright, but his smile serves the dual purpose of being a microphone as well. But wait! There’s more! Pico also comes with fold-out feet so he can stand on his own. Plug a tripod in him (in an questionably placed port) so he can feel special and sturdy wherever he goes. We feel like we love Pico. It’s a shame he has to be sold by the dozens. Designed by Rene Woo-Ram Lee, Pico is sure to be both a design and functionality success!

 

 

Image Source: www.engadget.com

Content Source: www.lostateminor.comhttp://renelee.net/category/rene/

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08-10-2010 Easy Sofa Pillow Hybrid

Easy living? Sure, bring some of it over. Oh, ‘easy living’ isn’t portable you say? Are you sure about that? Maybe you need to check out the Blandito. It’s all about functionality for the lazy. Why shouldn’t a sofa morph into a pillow that morphs into various shapes to serve different purposes? Exactly! It has every right to. Designed by Oradaria design, the Blandito is a sofa with no arms or legs. In fact, it looks more like a big fat bendy pillow. Fold it, twist it, get lost in and wrap yourself in it. Multi purposed and multi talented, you’ll spend hours coming up with unique shapes and uses!

Image Source: www.bahance.net

Content Source: www.oradariadesign.com

 

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05-10-2010 Saucy Online Dating

Online dating has taken the world by storm and Ashley Madison’s new spin on the service is no different than usual - except for all the controversy surrounding it! One of the fastest growing online dating services in the country with 5 million members, the site’s motto sums it all up: ‘Life is short, have an affair’. Their success in standing out in a highly competitive market and creating a trend of hooking people up for discreet affairs is testament to the power of free publicity generated by media attention and a bucket load of controversy.

Image Source: www.ashleymadison.com

Content Source: www.ashleymadison.comwww.cbsatlanta.com

 

17-09-2010 Cable Heroes

Nobody likes to see dark, eerie cables snaking around the floor or office space. They get in the way; ruin the ambience and murder the feng shui of the room. Luckily, there’s a solution to this dull and ugly technologically wired massacre. Cue the Leaf tie from Lufdesign. It’s small, it’s cute, it’s easy to use and it wraps around the cables, giving your space a more aesthetic appearance that looks like wrapped twigs. They also come in different colours while they bring more green in (they were so popular!). Oh and for those who like a bit of spaghetti with their cables, The Fork is another product from Lufdesign. The cables wrap around the fork just like real spaghetti.

Who’s hungry?

Image Source: www.yankodesign.com

Content Source: www.lufdesign.com

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17-09-2010 New York Fashion Week- The Green Shows

What’s something we all have in common? We all wear clothes. Well most of us do anyway (I’m looking at you naked bicycle riding man in Barcelona). Our fascination with clothing is seen most notably with Global Fashion Week taking off around the world, particularly in the New York Fashion Week which has incorporated The Green Shows. This exclusive premiere fashion event features ten designers that are committed to the environment, producing fashion which is fair-trade, eco-friendly and uses ethically sound practises. This is high fashion that doesn’t compromise on the glitz and glamour associated with New York style runway shows.

Image Source: www.inhabitat.com

Content Source: www.ecouterre.comwww.thegreenshows.com

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16-09-2010 Fotopol - a Handy Guy to Have Around

Tourists often come to see what they want to see and they’ll be damned if they can’t find a willing passerby to stop and take the perfect group photo. Luckily, there’s no need to panic, as Fotopol have created a camera mount that can be placed at convenient tourist locations. All you have to do is place and secure your camera, select the shot angle and take a time delay photo so you can all sneak in. It’s great for solo travelers and those wishing to avoid giving their camera to someone who might run off with it. Yes we’ve all had that momentary panic as we hand our valuable camera over.

Image Source: www.fotopol.biz/fotopol_gallery.html

Content Source: www.lovemyflip.comwww.fotopol.biz

 

10-09-2010 The Bicycle House Removalists

Who doesn’t love a good bicycle (apart than angry drivers)? Bicycles get you from A to B without harming the environment. They also conjure up images of whimsical spontaneity, weaving in and out to avoid pedestrians. Ever imagine that bicycles might replace moving vans? It makes sense for city dwellers that don’t need to travel far. Various groups of citizens and other community minded folk around the world have cottoned on to this new trend from the intricate narrow lanes of Barcelona, the bicycle friendly Copenhagen to the communities of San Francisco. An entire office of workers even moved their office supplies via bicycle– dedication to the cause!

 

Image Source: http://extras.mnginteractive.com

Content Source: www.greenrenters.org

Extra Content: http://vimeo.com/13182504

 

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09-09-2010 Not so Forbidden Fruit

You know what they say. Sharing is caring.

Many families aren’t sure what to do with all the fruit that comes all at once from their fruit trees so a lot of it goes to waste. Which is why a local fruit exchange is just the thing to bring communities together and prevent unnecessary waste. The trend of a social network that exists both online and offline is a nation wide tool that collects, distributes surplus produce in a given local area is taking off in various part of the world. Neighbourhood Fruit is one such example from San Francisco where participants can collect their fruit for free.

The only rule is: first come first served!

Image Source: www.ecosalon.com

Content Source: www.ecosalon.comwww.abc.net.au Online Marketing <a href="http://www.ontoplist.com/" title="Online Marketing" target="_blank">Online Marketing</a>

 

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09-09-2010 Whoever dares to create, wins

There’s nothing quite like pitting people against each other in order to produce the most creative work.

Crowdsourcing, the act of taking a job traditionally performed by an employee and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in a kind of open call, taps into this generation’s fascination with web 2.0 and using social media networking in business and now design. Organisations like 12designer based in Germany is the new and innovative platform for creative competition projects specialising in matters of design. The idea is simple, saves both time and money and produces incredible design results from up and coming designers.

Image Source: www.yankodesign.com

Content Source: http://crowdsourcing.typepad.comwww.12designer.com/en/how-it-works

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30-08-2010 Edible Crayons

Ah kids these days. They will flinch and scream at the sight of healthy food but give them some plastic or crayons and they’ll attempt to eat it somehow - which is why Luxirare might be on to something with these gorgeous edible crayons. They’re basically health bars disguised as crayons and are made up of various fruits, veggies, nuts and chocolate covered sesame seeds. They also have a melted marshmallow core and come in a variety of colours and flavours. And the best part? You can draw with them! I can hear the children rejoicing already – and a few adults too.

Image Source: http://growingupgreen.com

Content Source: http://luxirare.com/crayon

 

 

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30-08-2010 We Like Short Shorts (Stories)

Sudden fiction, micro fiction and flash fiction – these are the names given to the sub-genre of short fiction taking the world by storm, thanks to social media sites like twitter encouraging and challenging us to tell a story in as few words as possible. Micro fiction conveys a sense of reality and immediacy, as it requires you to tell a story in less than 100 words. Ernest Hemingway once wrote a story in six words (For sale: baby shoes, never worn) and considered it his best work. Now anyone can express themselves in a flash with sites like 12Words or admire them here at my 50-word stories. Keep it brief, won’t you?

Image Source: www.explorewriting.co.uk

Content Source: www.12words.com.au

 

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27-08-2010 Everybody do the Zumba!

Even the name sounds like one big party. Zumba is a fun fusion of hypnotic Latin rhythms combined with a great work out routine. There’s no need to be an expert with this fitness program. Get hooked on an hour of calorie-burning and body-energising fitness movements with a universal Latin flavour routine that everyone can follow. In fact, it won’t feel like a work out at all. Instead, participants say it’s like a party without the alcohol. Zumba is taught in an impressive 60,000 locations in 105 countries with 7.5 million bodies moving to the same rhythm. 

 

 

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Content Source: www.zumba.com

If you like this trend, you might also like 'It is fun to say and good to do' or 'Sport Stars Skirts'.

23-08-2010 Yin and Yang Fish Bowl Plant

It’s the yin and yang of plants and fish bowls. This incredibly clever idea is called One Pot – Two Lives. It’s a hybrid fish bowl and planter designed by Sheng-Zhe Feng and Ling-Yuan Chou. A regularly potted plant is placed on top and a goldfish lives underneath. This tit for tat relationship is comprised of the fish turning their eaten bait remnants into nutrients for the plant, which is then fed with water that filters and passes through, becoming clean for the fish. Materials are cycled and soil remains humid, so the watering period is extended by a week. That’s the natural cycle of life in action for you!

Image Source: www.yankodesign.com/

Content Source: www.creativityplatform.com

If you like this trend, you might also like 'The Vase is Always Greener' , 'Steckling a.k.a 'On the Edge' or 'I Spy Flower Power'

23-08-2010 Either Change or be Changed

There is an aesthetic quality in simple designs that can’t be matched and even more beauty to be found in using natural techniques to achieve sustainable art. The water-shaped bottle by designer Xiaoli Wen is part of a series of porcelain bottles shaped by a waterfall. The result is a gentle shape made from silicone rubber moulds of discarded plastic and glass bottles. The mould is created as it hangs under flowing water. The finished product represents the bottles which are often discarded carelessly into rivers and oceans.

Image Source: www.theurbangrocer.com

Content Source: xiaoliwen.com/

 

23-08-2010 No Play, No Electricity

Did you ever think football might help change lives? Four Harvard engineering students (Jessica Lin, Jessica Matthews, Julia Silverman, and Hemali Thakkar) have come up with an energy-harvesting soccer ball that generates renewable energy when kicked around. Dubbed sOccket, the ball uses inductive coil technology to capture and store energy for later use. It will herald a new age and may be the solution for more than one billion people living in third world countries. It’s inexpensive, green orientated and targets young people, particularly in Africa where the sport is gaining popularity.

Image Source: www.soccket.com/

Content Source: www.ecofriend.org

16-08-2010 Trendspotting Congratulates

We are pleased to announce this month’s Trendspotting prize winner. Congratulations to Tina, our ‘Sign Up and Win’ winner for August

Tina is the lucky winner of a Candelabra from black+ blum. The guys from black+blum offer a range of fun, affordable and contemporary designs..

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09-08-2010 Do the Funky Headphone

We’re about to let you in on a little secret. Are you ready for it? Headphones don’t need to be boring! Not with such interesting package designs like earphones presented in the shape of music notes from Panasonic. For something with a little more attitude, you can opt for these cute and affordable LEGO brick earphones from Elecom. They are about to be released in Japan and come in an irresistible collection of colours. If you’re super keen, you can channel your inner child and create your own LEGO headphones for that retro, unique edge.

 

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Content Source www.techfresh.net

 

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09-08-2010 Muesli Lovers Unite!

Nothing beats good muesli for breakfast. Of course, there’s no tried and tested formula for what makes good muesli - instead it all comes down to personal preference. This is why we’re going crazy for the new trend that allows you to customise your own muesli. This concept started out in the US but has since spread its wings to the UK and a small Melbourne company (aptly named) MuesliMixer run by two German muesli connoisseurs. Sydney muesli lovers need not fret as Moose Cafe in Redfern promises to launch a similar concept in the not too distant future. Phew.

Image Source: www.healthy.com.au

Content Source: www.mueslimixer.com.au

 

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09-08-2010 Speedy Long-Nosed Trains

High-speed trains are making their speedy debut across the world, especially in Europe where they love to cut down on travel time (they should try living in Australia!) These high-speed trains are characterised by their slim line shape and pointy, long noses. They have been developed to cut down on travel time and increase passenger train travel across countries with high transport demands. Now the UK is developing a high-speed luxury train known as the Mercury. Designed by British Designers Priestmangoode, the train can travel at speeds of 225 mph and will include a lounge, bar, private areas and will be the first double decker train in the world. The trains will be highly efficient and will produce low-carbon, making it an eco-friendly way to travel.

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Image Source: www.luxurylaunches.com

Content Source: www.priestmangoode.com

09-08-2010 Literature Immortalised

Imagine if your favourite literary works were brought to life in strange and wonderful ways? Katrina Rodabaugh not only imagined such a concept, she put it in to action with an art installation called ‘The Dresses/Objects Project’. Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s revolutionary poetry collection ‘Tender Buttons’ in 1914, Katrina hand printed the verses onto recycled materials. Thirty artists put the material together, some never having sewn a stitch before and then tried their hands at modelling the outfits, giving the final finish a natural, casual, just-thrown-together look, the words adding a sophisticated and timeless finish.

 

 Image Source: www.katrinarodabaugh.com
Content Source: www.sfexaminer.com

 

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02-08-2010 Shopping (the way nature intended)

Nothing is more infuriating than supermarkets packaging everything unnecessarily, which is why the idea behind Unpackaged is as simple as it is beautiful. There is no packaging for any of the organic wholefoods and other eco-friendly products on offer, instead allowing customers to bring their own containers or use the store’s very own reusable containers. Catherine Conway is the genius behind this idea, which started off as a market stall in 2006, and now resides in a brilliantly designed store in northeast London, maintaining that fresh market feeling.

Image Source www.static.guim.co.uk

Content Source www.beunpackaged.com

 

If you like this trend, you might also like Not So Forbidden FruitMuesli Lovers Unite or Wine With A Twist

28-07-2010 Happy Utensils

Everyday appliances can seem mundane and a little on the boring side after a while. Why go for the same old utensil, when designers like Anglo-Swiss partnership Black and Blum are coming up with genius designs, all with a twist on old favourites? Some standouts include the fruit bowl, the potato masher, a little man bookend (his name is James), a loo roll holder, a teacup pencil holder and an insect lamp. These cute and quirky designs are dripping with personality and they make us happy for those every day moments. 

If you would like to go into the draw for one of their funky candleholders sign up for the Trendspotting newsletter now!

 

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Content Source www.black-blum.com

22-07-2010 Superhero Clothing Fibres

While we’re still living our lives out normally, (ie. wearing clothes that don’t have interactive fibres with special superhero powers), scientists are busy coming up with…well, super interactive fibres. Just like the latest one, which has the ability to detect and create sound. Sure it took them ten years to come up with, but they are now looking at fabrics that can interact with their environment. Think clothes with microphone features, if it doesn’t boggle the mind too much. They can generate electricity and can even be used to monitor the flow of water. In fact, the possibilities are endless! Guess this t-shirt I’m wearing doesn’t seem quite so cool now.

 

 

 

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Content Source web.mit.edu


If you like this trend, you might also like The Cool In Ethicool, Literature Immoralised or The Breton Strype Hype

22-07-2010 Self Contained Recycled Art

Recycled shipping containers? Don’t mind if you do! Who knew that they could provide such striking, visual art sculptures? Although shipping containers are often recycled into houses, clinics, offices and dormitories, turning them into art and sculpture is the latest craze for such artists like Michael Johansson from Sweden. In a project entitled ‘Self Contained’, Michael piles up colourful shipping containers like Tetris building blocks, for a striking visual effect. The sculpture below was found in Yokohama Harbour in the Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Not your average sculpture!

 

Image Source www.greenmuze.com

Content Source www.michaeljohansson.com

 

21-07-2010 Lipstick without the Slick

The oil spill is on everyone’s mind at the moment, as we reconsider the role that oil plays in our lives. This dependence can turn on our environment. The good news is we can send a message to oil companies by turning to oil free products. Most products use oil-derived ingredients to some extent. Primitive Makeup is one such brand that not only provides oil-free lipsticks, but also vegan lipsticks, humanitarian lipsticks (where the proceeds go to the Jane Goodall Institute) and organic lip liners. Products are not tested on animals, so you can really make a point to oil companies about what you won’t stand for (while looking saucy in some of these delicious shades, mind you!)

 

Image Source www.beautylab.co.uk

Content Source www.primitivemakeup.com

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15-07-2010 We have a new Winner to announce...

We are pleased to announce this month’s Trendspotting prize winner. 


Congratulations to Claire, our ‘Sign Up and Win’ winner for July. 

Claire is the lucky winner of a  $50 gift voucher from kikki-k
The good folk at Kikki-K are committed to providing simple and timeless Swedish designs for stationery, objects around the home and gorgeous gifts to make every day life that little bit more interesting.

 
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12-07-2010 Retro Typewriters

Yes, old things are all the rage these days. Call me old fashioned, but there’s something special about vintage typewriters: maybe it’s that old, simple typeface on paper, conjuring up the image of a lonely writer in a small studio, frantically typing away and scrunching up unsatisfying paper (in today’s world, however, it would be recycled). There’s the whimsical nostalgia of having no distractions like Facebook and Twitter – only paper between you, your creativity and the machine. Antique typewriters are investments as people are willing to pay big money at auctions. They’re also a lot better for the environment as they don’t work off power. Some people call it the Revival of the Obsolete. We like that.

Image Source www.nightowlvintage.com

Content Source www.bundlebox.com

 

12-07-2010 A Phoenix from the Ashes of War

It’s hard to believe that remnants of war and death can lead to art. And yet turning used bullet cases from war torn countries into jewellery is a way of inverting our expectations, proving that harmful things can be taken from its original purpose and context, reworked and given a whole new purpose. This provocative work has recently emerged from young designers like Adi Zaffran Weisler from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and 17-year-old former refugee from Liberia, Lovetta Conto who now lives in the United States. Lovetta astonishingly takes the spent casings used in her former country’s civil war and turns them into beautiful jewellery, promoting peace and harmony in place of chaos and destruction.

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Content Source www.akawelle.com/

 

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12-07-2010 Is it Hot in Here or is it Just my Bag?

The latest fashion accessory on everyone’s lips is a red hot cracker! Used fire hoses have been vigorously cleaned and then transformed into a stylish, streamlined and limited collection of bags, belts and wallets. You can see these designs from the Dutch fashion accessory company Elvis and Kresse. Celebrities like Cameron Diaz and former first lady Sarah Brown are already huge fans of the collection. Each product is adorned with product labels printed on old luggage tags and the bags and wallets are lined with parachute silk, resulting in an authentic and durable finish. The packaging is made up of, curiously enough, used grapefruit crates. In fact, no tiny detail is forgotten in the bid to help the fashionably, eco-conscious sleep well at night and look red hot during the day! 

Image Source www.ecouterre.comwww.ecouterre.com

Content Source www.fire-hose.co.uk

09-07-2010 Wine with a Twist

It’s hard to imagine wine getting any better than its current form.  And yet, take it from us - organic wine goes down very smoothly. So what’s the difference? Organic wines are grown from grapes using no chemical or artificial fertilisers, and without the use of added sulfites. Other benefits of organic ‘green’ wine often include sustainability in the winemaking process. Wine bars and restaurants are jumping on the sustainable wine bandwagon, offering a selection of organic wines on their menus. They’re not alone either. It’s said that the Obamas hosted a dinner party in the White House and organic wine was on the menu! How nice of them.

Image Source www.sociallysuperlative.com

Content Source www.americanprogress.org

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09-07-2010 You know what they say about Big Logos...

Naturally web design is constantly evolving to create a bigger and brighter visual impact at first glance. This is where the latest design trends of oversized logos and oversized headers come in. Taking up virtually the entire screen and featuring one important note, visitors needs not click on anything at all. Just scroll lovingly down the page. Images will be big and bright. Hand drawn images and sketches are also going to make a very retro appearance in cyberspace design this year. How sweet is that? 

Image Source www.webdesignledger.com

Content Source www.uxpassion.com

 

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09-07-2010 Pandas and Tigers and Dogs, oh my!

Why would pets need to attend a beauty parlour? Could you really get confused between a tiger and a dog? Look twice. That’s not a panda. Welcome to the crazy new trend hailing down on China now. Pet owners are now dyeing their pets to look like other animals. The resemblance between the animals is eerily accurate, however we’re sure it could result in some kind of existential crisis when a real panda spots a dog masquerading as one. What makes a tiger a tiger? Is it the black and orange stripes? Down boy! Good, doggy. I mean, tiger? It’s a confusing world we live in.

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Content Source www.dailymail.co.uk

05-07-2010 A Sweet Cocoon for Gizmos and Gadgets

Fabrix is one of those brands that conveniently place their staff and designers on the cusp of changing technology. This is because their products are constantly being updated, providing quirky covers for a range of laptops – Macbooks, Macbook Pros and iPods, iPhones, iPads and cameras. This Singapore-based company began its enterprise when a group of people wanted to keep the iPod in pristine condition and transform it into a fashionable, unique accessory at the same time. Now they’re customising their designs to suit all manner of gizmos and gadgets – and you can have the covers customised to your taste to reflect your personality (or just because you can). If you like this, check out their facebook page and let them know.

Content Source www.fabrixcases.com/

Image Source www.fabrixcases.com

 

05-07-2010 The Cool in Ethicool

Young entrepreneur brothers Rob and Martin Drake-Knight, based in the small Isle of Wight, are the innovative brains behind Rapanui Clothing, an ethical clothing company that’s aiming to put the ‘cool in ethicool’. We think they’re doing a mighty fine job of that by using sustainable textiles and natural, organic fabrics. The folks at Rapanui believe that the key to awareness is communication. It’s not that people don’t care about what’s wrong in the world. It’s more that people don’t know. And what better way to tell them than through cool, surf inspired clothing? Check out their inspiring collection and support their cause on Facebook and Twitter. It could be the start of an ever-lasting eco-friendship.

Content Source www.rapanuiclothing.com

Image Source www.rapanuiclothing.com


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29-06-2010 Vintage Camera Revival

Those who bore witness to the apparent death of Polaroid film in 2008 will be relieved to learn of the Impossible Project, which aims to revive a new generation of instant film for Polaroid cameras. A team of people have come together and bought the old Polaroid factory in the Netherlands. Their aim is to develop a cheaper version of instant film and will be releasing a limited amount this year. The Impossible Project is not the only revival of analogue photography. The Lomography movement is also making waves with a series of stores springing up around the world, offering camera lovers the opportunity to revel in both instant and medium format photography and capturing that spontaneity of everyday life with dreamy, experimental and unique images to cherish.

 

 

Content Source www.lomography.com.au/

Image Source www.supermarkethq.com

24-06-2010 Vinyl Lovin'

Here at Trendspotting we love a good recycling story, especially when it combines some of our greatest loves. Well, we love wallets and we also love classic vinyl records. Cue the latest trend of (yes you guessed it) recycled vintage vinyl record wallets!  You can purchase these unique pieces by The Original Record Wallet Company on Etsy, a marketplace specialising in handmade items. We also love these Gorilla Vinyl Classic Record Wallets, made from original vinyl. Oh and these very cool Recycled Vinyl Record Wallets. Yes, we’ll just take one of everything, thanks.

 

Content Source www.etsy.com

Image Source www.modculture.typepad.com

24-06-2010 For Love or Money? Why not both?

If money can’t buy happiness, then we’re really not sure what to make of origami jewellery made out of banknotes and currency because we’re pretty sure they make us happy. This clever concept comes from Belgian jewellery designer Tine de Ruysser. Her latest collection is called ‘banknote jewellery’ and is made from actual currency that hails from around the world. There is a lesson here about the power of money and gold, particularly in times of financial crisis. But for now we just like to stare longingly at these finely crafted pieces. Get involved today.

 

 

Content Source www.ecouterre.com

Image Source www.pleatfarm.com

24-06-2010 Tap out!

The masses are demanding to be given tap! It’s quite a simple idea really. How can you stay hydrated when you’re out and about without splurging on bottled water? This is how they came up with the idea of free access to clean sustainable water in public places. We already have projects like TapIt in the United States and Give me Tap in Manchester, UK. Restaurant or cafe owners sign up as providers and can be tracked down via a mapping service. Anyone who carries the branded life-time aluminium bottles can fill up at these ‘stops’. Give me Tap sends 70% of its profits to independent water projects in Africa. It will save money, the environment, your health and keep everything sustainable. Who won’t drink or tap to that?

reusable aluminium water bottle with benefits

 

Content Source www.givemetap.co.uk

Image Source www.givemetap.co.uk

 

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15-06-2010 Subscribe to Trendspotting for the chance to win cool prizes!

We are pleased to announce this month’s Trendspotting prize winner.
Congratulations to Laura, our ‘Sign Up and Win’ winner for June.

Laura is the lucky winner of a  $50 gift voucher from Card&Paper House. The Card&Paper House, located in the Queen Victoria Building, fulfils you with all your wonderful stationary needs.
 
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15-06-2010 Old age glamour to usher in new age fashion

Iconic British designer Katharine Hamnett is world renowned for her provocative slogan tees, forcing people to think outside the square. She is now taking her skills to the sea in the most glamorous fashion, with a swimwear collection called ‘Save the Sea’. Her ethical swimwear range features glamorous and flattering fifties-style swimsuits, polka dot bikinis, stripes and ruffles and totes with slogans, all hailing from the 1950s era of golden glamour. The entire collection is made with organic and sustainable fabrics. In a world plagued by oil spills and sewage dumping, overfishing and industrial pollution, awareness for the sea is quite literally a breath of fresh, salty air.

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Content Source www.katharinehamnett.com

15-06-2010 The Pop up Dining Movement

Imagine if restaurants could pop up out of nowhere? Imagine if they wandered from house to house, to a pretty warehouse or a different location each week and the only way you knew about it was to keep an ear out, check out a blog online, leave secret messages (or an email will do) or whisper in hushed tones to your friends? What if the food came secondary (yet still of high quality, professionally home-made food?) and the setting came first? Well you’d appreciate the whole experience that much more. That’s the idea behind the pop up restaurants, an underground restaurant scene where the most important thing is meeting new people, sitting in a stranger’s home and sharing the long lost art of enjoying a good meal together. Doesn’t that sound lovely? 

 

Image Source www.static.guim.co.uk 

Content Source www.tablefor20.blogspot.com

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15-06-2010 Brightening up the Slums

A work of art can brighten the lives of individuals, especially if that art is bright and colourful. Such is the philosophy behind the initiatives of two community-driven art projects, Favela Painting in the slums of Rio de Janeiro and the Mumbai Wall Project in India. The voluntary project in Rio de Janeiro is run by the Firmeza Foundation; its primary aim is to boost the morale of the people living there. The locals of Santa Marta were trained extensively and paid for a month’s work, giving the slum an incredible makeover. The idea behind this wonderful initiative comes from Dutch artist duo Hass & Hahn. Join their Facebook page and help them raise money to go back and finish the project.

 

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Content Source www.beyondprofit.com

 

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10-06-2010 Is it a Cinema? Is it the Environment? Is it a Festival?

You’ve seen rooftop cinemas, a variety of music festivals every year, a handful of neighbourhood festivals here and there. You’ve seen it all right? Well the good news is you’re still yet to see the Cinemambiente Environmental Film Festival. It’s part of a string of festivals springing up all over the place, centering on the environment and various green initiatives. The festival takes place in Italy and includes panel debates with experts, meet-the-author events, book presentations, concert performances and more. Keep an eye out for similar initiatives coming to your local area!

Image Source www.thedctraveler.com

Content Source www.cinemambiente.it

08-06-2010 A Haven for Bicycles

Have you ever just wandered along on your bicycle and thought about how rude car parking spaces can be? They take up so much space, only allow for cars to park there and worst of all, they usually don’t look very nice. Which is why it’s no surprise that Annie Scheel won first prize in the 2010 Delaware Valley Green Building Council Competition for Sustainable Design in Philadelphia. Annie created a clever redesign of car parks, which she turned into a very cool bicycle park that makes more use of the space we have. The most amazing part is that as a car park it has a capacity to store up to 100 cars and yet as a bicycle car park, it can store up to 690 bikes! That’s a whole lot of happy, bicycle-riding folk let me tell you.

 

Image Source www.inhabitat.com

Content Source www.time.com

 

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08-06-2010 Keep Cup Keeps you Happy

Keep Cup knows all about its enemy, the disposable cup. It knows that our daily ritual of takeaway coffee in non-recyclable cups is harming the environment, particularly in arid regions like Australia where biodegradation can take up to 50 years. That’s why Keep Cup is a pretty little smug thing, as it’s the latest, cleverly designed trend sweeping our cafes. By reusing the Keep Cup each time you order coffee, you are helping the environment with small acts that can make a big difference. Plus you can customise each cup by marking your regular order on the tab. They come in a variety of different colours and the design has a handy tab that you can plug in the drinking hole to stop any spillages as you merrily walk along. 

 

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Content Source www.keepcup.com.au

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03-06-2010 Electric Cars go Mainstream

Some cars aren’t all bad for the environment, especially innovative electric cars. To make a point of this, BetterPlace is an electric vehicles service provider that aims to bring sustainable transportation to the world. Two examples include the I-Miev from Mitsubishi and the Leaf from Renault/Nissan. The i-Miev produces 70% less Carbon Dioxide emissions than other petrol-powered vehicles. The Nissan Leaf boasts an even more impressive benchmark with zero emissions and an affordable price tag to boot. Powered completely with lithium-ion batteries, quality is not compromised in a bid to do its bit for the environment.

 

Image Source www.nissan-global.com

Content Source www.betterplace.com

 

03-06-2010 Dose of Reality for Twitterers

You can ‘Facebook attend’ an event which, as most people know, is quite different to ‘real life’ attendance. But did you know that now the tech nerds have cleverly designed a way for you to send real life gifts via the medium of Twitter, even if you don’t know the person’s address? The clever folk at Mashable have compiled a list of the various websites that, with just a credit card and access to Twitter, allows you to send gifts of all shapes and sizes to your online buddies! This is an interesting take on how online social mediums are starting to practically filter into our everyday lives. Now you just sit back and wait for the sweet gifts to come flooding in (hopefully).

Image Source: www.mashable.com

Content Source: www.mashable.com

 

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31-05-2010 Natural Floor to Walk on

Floor manufacturers are head over heels in love with bamboo flooring. Bamboo what? I hear you ask. Bamboo is a fast growing (would you believe it grows as much as 24 inches in a single day?) grass that doesn’t need nasty pesticides or fertilizers. It produces 35% more oxygen than most trees and is a renewable resource that is both durable and water-resistant. Bamboo is often used for building structures due to its strength. The Chinese have known for hundreds of years that the stalk of the bamboo plant is strong and will last for hundreds of years, whereas the Western world is just starting to cotton on to this new trend. The end result has quite an attractive finish for a sturdy, eco-friendly floor.

Image Source www.furniturehomedesign.com

Content Source www.home-improvement.mygarden.net.au

 

 

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31-05-2010 Sleeping Beauty

Innovative skincare has a different take on the idea of ‘beauty sleep’. It’s all about the bed you sleep in and the fabrics used, which enhances the skin’s condition. US-based company London Luxury uses products include SkinGlow Cupron Copper Technology duvet and pillow protectors. They work by weaving copper plated fibers into the fabric, which are activated while the body is sleeping. The idea is to eliminate bacteria, fungus and microbes, making the skin look smoother and younger while nourishing stressed and aging skin. We’ll sleep to that!

Image Source www.mattresszine.com

Content Source www.bedbathandbeyond.com

31-05-2010 All you need are Portraits of Love

Sometimes you need to be reminded of the sweeter, simpler side of life.

Contemporary artists Mark Coulson and Hannah Macleod fell in love and together they created Coulson Macleod. Rather than say it in a card, the two have created these simple; hand finished and framed limited edition pieces of some of the greatest love quotes. We feel that this is a lovely touch in any home, a constant reminder of the power of love and most importantly a wonderful gift. You can even purchase the prints online and have them delivered for free if you’re lucky enough to be in the United Kingdom. Show your love by visiting their Facebook page. 

Image Source www.coulsonmacleod.com

Content Source www.coulsonmacleod.com

28-05-2010 The Ceiling is the Limit

It’s that mysterious 5th wall that you don’t always notice when you first walk into a room. The reason for this might be a lack of impeccably designed wallpaper for ceilings. We’re getting quite attached to the growing potential of this kind of wallpaper; how it covers up a less than perfect ceiling, how it gives personality and attitude to a room, how the patterns, colours and textures give an unexpected, individual edge over other rooms. The benefits of the ceiling wallpaper are endless; the sky’s the limit, er, well not quite, the ceiling is. But what a great limit it is!

 

 

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27-05-2010 Plants Just Hanging Around

Lacking floor space? We hear you. We also understand that a house is missing that homely touch without some greenery. Young company Boskke (meaning a small forest) has come up with Skyplanter, pot plants which hang from the ceiling! The style is unique and aesthetically pleasing but the real clincher comes in the functionality of the plants which are self-watering. With less water required, they can be watered less frequently, as the upside down element allows the water to go straight to the roots. These hanging plants purify the air, reducing stress levels and improving the health and well being of those around them.

  

 

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27-05-2010 The Radical Workplace

Imagine little adaptable neighbourhoods for employees to work in and you’re slightly on the way to understanding the uniqueness of Macquarie Bank’s unusual yet quirky interior design. Clive Wilkinson Architects are behind this creation in Sydney Australia. It has it’s own ‘meeting tree’ which represents its interconnected relationship with clients. Green enthusiasts will be proud to learn that the building’s energy consumption has been reduced by 50% with many revolutionary technologies being introduced like zone controlled lighting and harbor water cooling. The rest you simply have to see for yourself.

 

 

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27-05-2010 The Opposite of Fast Food?

Well that would have to be Slow Food of course! Imagine: the Slow Food Movement has over 100,000 members in 132 countries so they must be doing something right. Developed in Italy by Carlo Petrini, the philosophy behind Slow Food is to counteract fast food and fast life. They’re all about bringing back local culinary traditions, along with people’s interest in the food they eat. Slow Food is about taking pride in where food comes from. Ultimately it’s a way of bringing people together and raising awareness of how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

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24-05-2010 With Love From Mexico

So goes the translated motto from Santos Wish, a brand of inspirational jewellery by Sydney designer Kellee Cruse. Originally a gift from a friend in Mexico, Kellee was inspired by the saint necklaces that represented the spirit of Mexico and its people. The engraved medallions from Santos Wish (Santos meaning saints) also represent luck, courage, strength and love. You can find these iconic designs in over 80 leading fashion stores, spread out over countries like Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK with the hope to expand globally. Take these carefully crafted pieces made with love and wear them proudly, with superstitions from another world neatly intact…

 

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24-05-2010 The Green Cyber World

The Internet is another thing to consider in the wider environmental picture. Eco hosting refers to the phenomenon where people choose carbon neutral hosting services for their websites. Now companies like Sustainable Hosting are providing alternative sources of eco hosting for websites powered by renewable energy. It proves to be a more economical option with prices no different to normal web hosting companies. This is a chance to be part of the bigger picture, which combines innovative yet responsible technology without compromising the world around us.
 
 
 

 

24-05-2010 Floating Homes

Born out of a fascination with water and a desire to utilise space, Floating Homes GmbH introduces the unique concept of homes that float on water. With sleek, modern designs that resemble something in between a house and a ship, the creators of Floating Homes were in search of a more active lifestyle, bringing people closer to the water in the process. The concept of Floating Homes was born out of the creator’s participation in a design competition in which they won first prize. They have now set their sights on exporting to the rest of the world.

 

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17-05-2010 Towels That Suit Your Kitchen to a Tea

These unique and urban inspired tea towels have been made with loving hands and lasting quality. Kauniste a company established by a group of young designers from Helsinki are proud to present their first collection of kitchen textiles. Inspired by the Finnish kitchen linens of the 60s and 70s using Scandinavian designs, these tea towels bring fresh life to your kitchen. All designs are cut and printed by hand, so you can be sure you’re purchasing a quality tea towel that will last.

 

 

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17-05-2010 Keep Toasty & Warm

There’s nothing worse than being snuggly and warm in your bed and having cold arms! Now we’ve found a great way to keep the cold out with a blanket with built in sleeves! For anyone who feels the cold in their arms and fingers during the night, this is the way to keep them toasty while you’re reading. It may look a little space age and perhaps not the best for a passionate encounter, but it will keep your arms and hands warm and for some people this is indeed happiness in bed.

 

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14-05-2010 Masking Tape that You Won't Want to Mask

Every house has a roll of masking tape in a cupboard, it’s one of the most useful products to have around. While it was originally used on construction sites and in vehicle panel beaters to help with painting now you can use masking tape for wrapping presents as well as in collage and art projects. This Japanese masking tape is made from rice paper in a variety of colours, it’s strong, durable and versatile but doesn’t leave unsightly marks when you pull it off. 

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14-05-2010 Plant a Tree & Save the Planet

Here’s a fresh idea from Japan – a global initiative for planting trees. While more and more of us are aware of the destruction of forests around the world, many of us feel that there’s nothing we can do about it. More Trees is a progressive movement which brings the simple action of planting a tree to the masses. The planting of trees brings health benefits such as retention of water and an increase in oxygen and the more people who support this cause, the better off our planet will be.

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14-05-2010 Sugar Sweet, Sweet Alternative

We are always looking for new ways to sweeten our lives without adding extra calories and now we find there are new and healthy sugars without chemical additives. The Stevia plant has been used as a sugar alternative for hundreds of years. Turbinado sugar is a brown and crunchy sweetener similar to brown sugar but completely natural. Fruits can also be used to sweeten our food, such as Rambutan and mangosteen which are sweet fruits native to Asia, and while you may have tried agave in a tequila, now its nectar can be added to sweeten tea and coffee. 

 

  

 

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10-05-2010 Stationery That Saves Trees

It’s amazing what you can do with everyday items you don’t use anymore. From car tyres you can produce notepad covers, you can turn retail packaging into document wallets and even Sony Playstations can become handwriting pens! Remarkable, a company founded by Ed Douglas Miller, is about more than recycled stationery, it’s a company determined to show us how easy it is to help care for and save our planet. With products that are eco-friendly, functional and fun, we are also educated in the small ways in which we can change our world. 

 

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07-05-2010 Who WOOD'nt Love Custom Furniture?

Who could say no to the prospect of custom made furniture from an expert cabinetmaker and craftsman such as John Galvin? From unique pieces of bespoke furniture to custom designed kitchens, shop fittings and one-off creation pieces this master designer uses sustainable Scottish hard woods to create natural and free flowing furniture that does not compromise the environment. John Galvin’s furniture creations are beautiful, contemporary and would make a welcome addition to any home. These are masterful pieces created to stand the test of time. 

 

 

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03-05-2010 Shoes Glorious Shoes

Imelda Marcos and Carrie Bradshaw shared a love of shoes, in fact Imelda had more than 2,700 pairs of them. They both would have loved the virtual shoe museum established by Liza Snook in 2004 for women and men who love shoes. From flip flops, pumps, platform, pumps and ballerina shoes, this is a website celebrating shoes of every description from the kooky to the sophisticated. Showcasing designers from around the world and in conjunction with photographers, publishers and anyone with a connection to shoes, this is the definitive shoe shop of the virtual world.

 

 

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03-05-2010 From Trash to Treasure

While you may throw candy wrappers, newspapers, labels and packaging straight in the bin, Ecoist is a company with a unique recycling objective – merging design with social and environmental consciousness. Here’s a company who saves their rubbish to create organic and earth friendly products.  This stylish bag is made from over 500 purposed candy wrappers woven in different sizes and handmade by fair trade workers in Mexico. Now it’s time to make an environmental and fashion statement with your handbag.

 

 

 

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03-05-2010 Making Pill Packaging Pop

Product packaging cannot be discounted when it comes to brand identification, it’s a powerful tool and sometimes the only point of difference between similar items. Even the pharmaceutical industry is not immune – as these new pocket sized packages of every day medications prove. Based on the old fashioned pill box and produced from moulded paper pulp and bio-plastic, this biodegradable packaging contains four different medicines for simple problems such as headaches, allergies and sleeplessness. Eye catching and unique, this may be the future in pill packaging.

 

 

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30-04-2010 Fresh and Filtered Water on the Go

Almost everyone you see at the moment is walking around carrying a water bottle, but now you can enjoy fresh, filtered water in a beautifully designed bottle for weeks at a time. Karim Rashid has designed these environmentally friendly, colourful bottles made of recycled plastic with a built in carbon water filter, so now you can refill your bottle wherever you are straight from the nearest tap! The bobble water bottle is available in six funky colours including red, green, blue, magenta, black and yellow.

 

 

 

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27-04-2010 Pepper your House with Paper

We always love a designer who turns a childhood passion into a thriving boutique business. Justine Fahd and her husband Matt are two graphic designers from Sydney who travel the world sourcing gorgeous and fun paper products to sell in their newly established online store. You’ll find a unique collection of notebooks, stationery, cards, wrapping and all things paper, even jewellery and doll houses – some items you’ve never seen before. Visit online and you’ll begin your magical journey into the world of paper

 

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27-04-2010 Font-tastic

They might make you take a second or closer look at an advertisement or an article and they are so subtle, you may not even know why you’ve taken another look. We’re talking of course, about fonts and while it’s hard to predict which fonts will be in fashion in 2010 we can almost certainly predict a move away from the curves of 2009 towards sharp, clear and geometric lettering. From FF Yoga, to the Tempera family designed by Nikola Djurek, softened edges are leading to more sophisticated presentations within the design world.

 

  

 

 

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Content Source www.fontshop.com/

27-04-2010 Night, Night - Don't Let the Sleep Box Bite

Stranded at an airport and can’t get to sleep on those uncomfortable chairs? The sleep box is the answer for busy travellers caught in transit. Catch up on your sleep in one of these specially designed pods, complete with bed, table and not much else. Russia’s Arch Group designed the portable sleep box especially for airports and hostels. With the opening of the Capsule Inn  Tokyo and similar yotels across the world, the sleep box is the new way to catch some shut eye while you’re on the move.

 

23-04-2010 Vegetables that ARE Good For You

Walking through our supermarkets and grocery stores you see the same old varieties of fruit and vegetables. But before World War II and industrialised farming methods, many different types of vegetables were grown by farmers. These are now called heirloom vegetables and they are making a comeback in the organic world of gardening. Heirloom vegetables are decorative often brightly coloured with strong flavours and textures. They are excellent for growing in home vegetable gardens and bring new opportunities for extending your menu and getting the kids to eat and enjoy their veges!

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22-04-2010 Street Fashion is in the Bag

There’s not a woman alive who doesn’t appreciate a beautiful handbag and when it is designed by an award winning fashion designer and flaunted by celebrities such as Nicky Hilton you can be sure this handbag is going to be the next “must have” fashion item. Alexander Wang has been designing fashion collections since he was 18. Incorporating elements of street fashion, he is of the belief that the humble tee shirt worn with jeans can be equally as stylish as a dress. This Alexander Wang handbag is big and roomy with distressed studs and 2 hidden zip pockets. Yes, it’s expensive but here’s a fashion statement in a bag!

 

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19-04-2010 Show Stopping Bottle Stoppers

You know you’re going to find fun, unique and creative products from a company that devotes itself to a smiling home style. Legnomagia is an Italian company with a range of cheeky but extraordinarily useful products guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. From the kitchen to bags, bathroom accessories and keyrings, you’ll find products for happy homes all over the world. Latest to its range, Legnomagia brings you a range of bottle stoppers made of European maple wood and real cork treated with natural oils and bees wax. Great for wine, oil or water bottles these high quality bottle stoppers will bring a colourful and vibrant feel to your table.

 

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19-04-2010 Get a Head in the Latest Helmets

Now, we’re sure you agree, when it comes to fashion headwear, bike helmets are not necessarily on top of the list. It’s hard to look attractive in a helmet when the emphasis is on safety. Yakkay helmets however, have been designed with both safety and style in mind. Even though the main function of a helmet is to protect your head should you fall, you don’t need to compromise on style and fashion. The Yakkay helmet covers mean you can change the look of your bike helmet almost as often as you change your mood!

 

 

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15-04-2010 From Magazine to Design Store

It’s often hard to find a magazine which reports on serious issues without compromising on style. Monocle is one such magazine, managing to combine a global mix of relevant reportage together with the latest in design, fashion and film. Writers and photographers are sent to over 50 countries across the world to ensure that every issue delivers the stories you want to read. To celebrate this diverse publication Monocle has launched two shops in London and Los Angeles where you can find the very latest trends when it comes to accessories, clothing, stationery, music and books. You can also purchase online, find out more at https://shop.monocle.com/.

 

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14-04-2010 Zip Through the Traffic

 When traffic is getting you down and there’s not a parking space to be found, frustration levels can mount. Now you can relax, because  Erik Lanuza has designed a new Taurus single seater bike. This commuting vehicle, a hybrid Segway is a safe, convenient way to travel around the city with a clear conscience. No carbon emissions and no pollution, this Segway runs on wheels and is powered by electric motors. The space efficient design means that you’ll never have to drive around looking for a parking space again.

 

 

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13-04-2010 Let your Fingers Pay the Bills

No money? Forgotten your credit card and want to buy a drink or snack from a vending machine? No problem – well in Japan anyway! New technology links your finger print with your credit card details and by simply scanning your finger you can buy what you need from these specially designed vending machines. Everyone has a unique finger print so this technology is foolproof and cannot be forged. Let’s wait and see whether this technology takes off and we start being able to pay everywhere with our fingers.

 

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12-04-2010 Care for Your Hair - Care for the Environment

We all feel a sense of responsibility towards our environment - even when we wash and condition our hair at home, we want to be sure we're looking after our oceans and waterways. All over the world hair dressers are developing organic perm solutions and nourishing serums. In Austria, Germany, Switzerland, UK and the USA new hair care treatments are being produced to ensure the safety of our environment. In Australia we too take environmental issues seriously. Eco Hair Products are available in Australia, have a refreshing range of hair care solutions which are not made withe ammonia or toxins.

 

 

The Aveda Feel Amazemint set includes a shampoo, conditioner and bath bar made with peppermint and rosemary to protect both your hair and the environment. Cooling and refreshing, this amazing set will awaken your senses without harmine our waterways.

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12-04-2010 The In-Car Home For Your Cigar

 Cigars are certainly not for everyone – but if you have a Ferrari F430 or 599 GTB and around US $885 to spare, you can purchase an in- car Cohiba humidor!  The legendary Cuban Cigar maker Cohiba has teamed up with Ferrari to produce this portable humidor designed to keep your cigars in the perfect environment even while they are being transported. No installation required and the Cohiba humidor comes complete with a dozen Diglo VI Cuban cigars.

 

 

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12-04-2010 The Material Girl Turns Fashion Designer

Have you heard? Madonna has announced that she will be collaborating with Dolce & Gabbana to produce a 2010 range of sunglassses. The chic range of sunglasses will feature a MDG logo filled with little starts and will be in stores in May. This is not the only fashion design venture Madonna has embarked upon. The Material girl and her daugther, Lourdes, have designed a line of clothes, footwear, handbags and accessories for juniors that will launch at Macy’s in August. 

 

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06-04-2010 Photos That Say a Thousand Words

 With camera equipment so affordable and the introduction of digital technology, it’s easy to consider yourself a photographer. However, PDN celebrates 30 unique photographers who have followed their passions to produce long term projects using the visual language of a photograph. From music and food to war stricken areas and the life of a mother with paranoid schizophrenia, these photographers have produced individual works which tell us stories that matter. Celebrate these images at pdngallery.com/

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06-04-2010 Easy as abc

Now the alphabet has inspired a stand out, lighting centrepiece for your home, simply by using by the A B C! This stylish lamp has a diffuser available in clear crystal, opal white or black crystal with an included dimmer, fusing light and language together. Prandina the Italian light specialist, has joined together with designer Sandro Santantonio, to create a lamp which generates poetic shadows and projected letters. Find out more a stardust.com

  

 

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06-04-2010 Driving Into the Future

 You might not be able to buy it in Australia yet, but the Tesla Roadster is definitely the car of the future. This car proves that an electronic car can be as sleek and slick as a sports car. This car is fast, with a carbon fibre panels making up the body of the car making it lighter and smoother than other electric cars. The battery power means that you’re conserving energy while driving giving you the high performance you would expect from a conventional engine.

 

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30-03-2010 The Devil Reads Prada

 Prada is best known as a fashion label specialising in luxury clothing and accessories for both men and women. Now you can find Prada in a book, celebrating three decades of ground-breaking fashion, architecture, film and art. The book includes the work of the design studio as well as thousands of images and stills from short films documenting the craftsmanship, unique fashion that Prada is famous for. From New York to Paris and Tokyo you can follow the establishment of Prada as an icon of the fashion industry.

 


 

 

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30-03-2010 Look What's Inside My Garage

 If you want a cheeky way to intrigue the neighbours and add a new look to your garage door, we’ve found the perfect product.  These garage door size posters are made to look as if your garage door is open! Made by a German company called Style Your Garage you can have the luxury car you’ve always wanted at an affordable price or customise your own design using your own digital image. It’s creative and a little crazy but now the garage door can make a stylish statement impressing everyone from visitors to the postie!

 

 

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30-03-2010 Skis Too Good for Skiing

 Here’s a unique collection of skis and snowboards guaranteed to stand out on the slopes this winter. David Mazzarella has been designing skis and snowboards for 10 years - starting in his spare bedroom in Colorado and some years later, establishing his own company SkiLogic.  Not only will these skis give you the technical edge, they are works of art in themselves, hand crafted in wood veneers with natural colour designed by artist in residence Mariella. Find out more at www.skilogik.com

 

     

 

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25-03-2010 Put Your Best Shoe Forward

 Who would have thought that high tech sports shoes such as Nike Dunks would become the next fashion “must haves”? Once worn by basket ball players alone these low profile shoes were great for pivoting and balancing on court. Now it seems these durable, versatile shoes are the latest trend when it comes to partying, skateboarding and hanging out. There are countless models of Nike Dunks Sb available from highs, lows, mids and jourdunks. You can even have them custom colour matched to your outfit.  It’s easy to see the appeal of a stand out shoe that will take you from the court to the party in comfort and style.

 

 

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24-03-2010 Give Wet Feet the Boot

Wellies and gum boots may be practical when it comes to wet weather but they’ve never really made a fashion statement. Now Rosie Roo designer wellies are the perfect addition to any wardrobe. Not only do they come in gorgeous, fun and vibrant designs, they are also comfortable and made from high quality rubber with cotton lining and foam inner soles. The Pipduck range of designer wellies mesh award winning, hand printed designs with quality, waterproof and comfortable boots. These boots are highly sought after around the world with a special designs being created just for Paul Smith and Thomas Pink. You’ll want the rain to go on forever, just so you can wear these fabulous boots.

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22-03-2010 The Vase is Always Greener

Everyone loves receiving fresh flowers and now there is a vase designed to bring nature indoors, bringing new life to your cut flowers. The grass vase forms part of the Normann Copenhagan collection and has been designed by Claydies, the dynamic duo of Karen Kjældgård-Larsen and Tine Broksø . What better way to display your flowers than in the natural setting of grass? These cheeky vases are unique in character and handmade in clay with a new and inspiring design. Flowers are meant to be enjoyed – show them off to their full potential in a grass vase. For more information go to flickr.com/.

 

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22-03-2010 Record Breaking Bracelets

Once upon a time vinyl records were found in every home. Now though, if you still have any, they are probably collecting dust in storage. However vinyl records have made a comeback in the form of these colourful bracelets inspired by life in New York City. Artist, Meg Musick-Makely, is a serious collector of vintage records and now produces a range of products including bowls, tote bags and coasters inspired by the labels and covers of records as well as the music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. You’ll find designs ranging from bustling cityscapes and graffiti based patterns creating a fun bracelet for the young at heart. Purchase online at eco-artware.com.

 

 

 

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22-03-2010 In Fur A Surprise

We’ve all seen Titanic and heard about the effects of global warming – but we have to ask, is this really the inspiration for the furry pants Freja and Abbey Lee were seen wearing at the Chanel show? Along with sheepskin and mohair there were gorgeous knit dresses, must have tweeds and Yeti style capes on display. The Karl Lagerfelds collection included road worthy helmets covered in chinchilla and mink designed in conjunction with Ruby, the well known French manufacturer of motorbike helmets. Jewels and sparkled detailing on the helmets also adorned on the shoulders of jackets and dresses for a fall/winter collection with street ice appeal!

 

 

 

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15-03-2010 Brush up on Your Housework

 Yes, it’s time to bring the tired old dust pan and brush out of the closet! Over 8 years ago Ole Jensen designed a functional and aesthetic dust pan and brush which quickly became one of the most popular items in the Normann Copenhagan collection . Now it has been spiced up and transformed into a trendy household item available in purple, green and pink. Still easy to use, still practical and ever so chic, you’ll be proudly sweeping up the dust and crumbs in your home. The classic Washing-up bowl has also been given a face lift, now available in purple adding that bold touch to your everyday life.

 

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15-03-2010 Put a Lid on it

The humble man hole cover – if you’re like us, you’ve probably not given it much thought. In movies, it’s that hole in the middle of the street where the star climbs down to escape into the sewers! Hardly pleasant and not very memorable. In Japan however, the dreary man hole cover has been transformed into a work of art. From flowers and animals to intricate patterns, these man hole covers have turned the streets into a galleries of masterpieces. It will be interesting to see whether other countries adopt this fascination with man hole covers as well! 

 

 

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15-03-2010 Colour Your Couch

 Here’s a new and innovative idea to create a unique designer piece of furniture for your home from the Polish design firm MALAFOR. Let your imagination run riot as you colour and design dunnage paper bags (also 100 % recycled) then inflate and create your own paper bag sofa! Even the kids can get into the act – ink on the lounge chair? No problem! This is the environmentally friendly answer to the bean bag, cheap, portable and so easy to set up. Just make sure you keep sharp objects such as scissors well away! Find out more at http://www.malafor.com/.

 

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23-02-2010 Cardboard Baby Chair

From cars to artwork, clothes to radios, everything and anything is starting to become eco friendly, and now baby feeding chairs are no exception. The Australian design company, Belkiz, has just released the ‘Feedaway’, a baby feeding chair made solely of cardboard. Feedaway is portable, light, easy to fold up and eco friendly – it’s made from Visy cardboard and is 100% recyclable. With a three point harness for added safety and conforming to the Australian Safety Standard Framework developed by the Infant and Nursery Product Association of Australia, we are predicting all homes will be out with the plastic chairs and in with the cardboard Feedaways very soon!
 

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23-02-2010 Housing the needy and helping the planet

With now over four billion people earning under $1,500 per year, US design company HOMErgent has decided it’s time to design a home with the poor’s needs in mind. This has come in the form of a transportable, pop-up hard walled tent called the Flexayurt, which provides users with water, power, lighting and sanitation needs. The tent is also so environmentally friendly with a function that automatically harvests water and energy resources. HOMErgent are hoping that Government Aid Agencies and NGOs may take the Flexayurt on board in the near future. To find out more, visit www.homergent.com
 

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23-02-2010 Smeg to the retro rescue!

If you are stuck in the 1950s, and long for another appliance to match beautifully with your retro fridge, look no further, as Smeg has come to the rescue. The appliance company has now designed a washing machine and dishwasher with a 1950s style about them – but luckily, both with a modern machine’s technology. The Smeg washing machine does look old (and very hip!) yet features an electronic display panel, 15 different washing programs, and up to a 5kg load capacity, while the dishwasher has five temperature settings and 10 programs. With a choice of pretty pink or cream for the washing machine, and a selection of eight different colours for the dishwasher, all you 1950s fans can now breathe a sigh of relief! For more information visit www.smegretro.co.uk

 

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content soure: www.smegretro.co.uk

 

23-02-2010 Be Queen and King of the Castle... or House

If crowns excite you and if you are obsessed with Queen Elizabeth, then we have found the perfect chair for you – the Colour in Cardboard Throne. Printed in black and white and made of cardboard, the throne can either be coloured in with paint, crayons, pens or pencils. It’s also easy to pull apart, so can be stored away with no fuss. However, we have to fill you in on a little problem – right now, it’s just for the young ones – you have to be less than 40kgs to actually sit on the seat otherwise it will break ... hopefully they’ll make an adult size throne soon!


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content source: www.vandashop.com

 

23-02-2010 Sun Shoes

If, like us, you are sick of working out what shoes to wear with what outfit, what shoes match with what pants, dresses and skirts, then why not let the sun decide for you? Well, that’s what Taiwan’s Footwear and Recreation Technology Research Institute think, anyway. The clever people at the Institute have created leather shoes with a twist – they have spray-on micro capsules that allow the shoes to change colour in the sun, and stay this way for a whopping 60 hours. “The leather shoes’ base colour is white, but within 30 seconds after coming into contact with sunlight, the colour gradually changes to pink, orange or purple, depending on the ingredients we spray on the leather,” Wang Jung-jen, one of the researchers at the institute says.
And this crazy new fashion is set to stay, with the Institute soon to launch colour changing handbags and bicycle seats! 
 

 

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15-02-2010 Twitter while Tapping

“Kate is eating a carrot.” Great. “Steve is feeding his cat.” Fascinating. Everyone, it’s time to get back at all those Twitterers that post extremely boring, unnecessary tweets. Introducing our new best friend, the Rambler Shoes. So what do these shoes do? They do what their name suggests – they ramble. Equipped with a Bluetooth which is hooked up to your mobile, and a sensor that knows when you are walking, the Ramblers automatically let your fellow Twitterers know that you are taking a step, after a step, after a step. So, your annoying tweet on Twitter will look a little something like this – “tap...tap...tap tap... tap,” and so on. Yes, it’s useless information, but then again, aren’t most Twitter posts unnecessary?

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Content source: www.gizmondo.com.au

 

15-02-2010 Water waste in your face.

If you really want to clean up your act regarding your excessive water usage, then Trendspotting has found the perfect innovation for you, in the form of a bathroom mirror that is ever so in your face. Designer Jin Kim’s Earth Mirror is lit with LEDs powered by the flow of water in the sink pipes. The mirror acts like a chart, and as you use the taps, it breaks down your water consumption into daily, monthly and annual use. If dark colours appear around the rim of the mirror, you have exceeded the reasonable amount of water consumption for the day. If this isn’t enough to guilt you into changing your water ways, pictures of polar bears and ecosystems pop up around the mirror, and other things that are affected by our water misuse. Yet not only does this invention tell you if you are a water waster, it allows one to act on this problem – the Earth Mirror has a control installed that lets you choose the amount of water that’s allowed to come out of the tap every day. Perfect!

Picture source: www.picocool.com, www.yankodesign.com

Content source: www.picocool.com, www.yankodesign.com

 

15-02-2010 Drink and hang

It’s time to really rethink the way we recycle plastic bottles. Although there are all those wonderful recycling bins, we can now go one step further, in a way that not only helps the environment, but helps our ironed shirts. The Rethink, conceived by US designer Xuan Yu, is a hook with two threads – and here’s the catch, one must do a bit of work to use it – drink two bottles of water (which is healthy anyway). These empty bottles are then screwed into the threads and there you have it – your own environmentally friendly-ish hanger. “By the concept that reuses empty plastic bottles, I try to present to consumers a realistic idea to address environmental realities and encourage the reuse of already ‘consumed’ items to form a functional product,” Xuan Yu says. And we’ve found a big bonus- Rethink hangers are a lot more effective than the flimsy wire coat hook in keeping your clothes’ shape!

Picture source:www.rethinkconcepts.com, www.likecool.com

Content source: www.rethinkconcepts.com

 

 

15-02-2010 Tiny Tunes

As mobile phones, laptops and MP3 players continue to shrink, shrink and shrink some more, it’s only natural that radios follow the same trend. This has come in the form of the Motz wooden FM radio, a device only slightly larger than two dice stuck together. Yet there are two features that we especially love about this mini innovation: First, because it’s too small for batteries, the radio is recharged by simply hooking the device up to a USB port, and secondly, it can double as an iPod speaker. Great for individual listening, yet definitely not for a party! 

 

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08-02-2010 Trendspotting Recommends Reading...

1. Brand&Branding by Josep Maria Minguet (Monsa, 2010)

What is so unique about the Brand and Branding is that the majority of the design book features pictorials, and only includes a few case studies. Showcasing the most successful brand and branding campaigns and projects from across the industry – from corporate images to commercial work, throughout the world and from different mediums, including print and digital.

Available from: www.monsa.com
 

  1. For Love and Money: New Illustration, by Liz Farrelly and Olivia Triggs (Laurence King, 2010)

For Love and Money focuses on the rebirth of using illustration in designs, and how and why it has become popular again across print and digital media. The book also talks about the different illustration styles a designer is able to work with, including graffiti and even traditional sketches, and also describes the new technologies available to create impressive illustrations.
In addition, For Love and Money provides interesting information on over 80 contemporary graphic designers who use illustration in their work, including tips from each on effective use of illustration.

Available from www.laurenceking.com
 

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27-01-2010 Cheers to the paper cup!

If we were asked to make a cup out of one piece of paper, we’d say it cannot be done. Yet not so fast everyone, Shamrock Cups are in the post production phase of creating an extremely effective eco-friendly cup, and yes, they are created from only one piece of paper. Made from renewable and recycled bioplastics, the cups are biodegradable, unlike their fellow plastic pals which dominate the cup world at present.
The best part – there’s no separate lid, and so there’s no top to fall off and therefore no liquid flying everywhere. However what we love most is that the Shamrock Cups are made using the art of Origami, through folding the top part of the cup together, forming the secure ‘lid.’ And with a sipping hole at the fold rim for coffee as well as a punch out straw hole, who knew this ancient Japanese tradition could be so useful in saving the environment?

For more information, visit www.shamrockcups.com
 

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27-01-2010 It's time to relax.

You know when you are stressed - your heartbeat quickens, you sweat more, and you have shallow breathing. Yet in our fast pace life, it seems that all of these symptoms of stress are the last thing on our minds, causing an unhealthy lifestyle. Yet in comes the StressWatch to save the day (and your health!). The StressWatch monitors your heart rate and body temperature, and acts like an alarm clock – not telling you to wake up, but to calm down and breathe. Designed by Michael Mathis and Gerda Hopfgartner, the StressWatch has a black bar graph which shows your stress levels – if blue and greens are visible, then that’s great - you are cool, calm and collected. However, if pink, red or orange are appearing, it’s time to sit back and relax for a while.
And yes, the StressWatch also does what watches are meant to do – it also tells the time.

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19-01-2010 A new use for Bamboo!

It seems many have started latching onto the need to create a more ecologically sustainable environment – and this includes the design and manufacturing business, Impecca. The US based company, which specialises in Audio Video products have thrown away man-made materials in this case for one of their new designs – recently releasing a keyboard, mouse and a set of headphones all made from bamboo. However not only do these Impecca products provide a more eco friendly way to type and click, it’s also without a doubt aesthetically pleasing – a nice sight compared to the plastic office phone, folders and chairs surrounding your work cubicle. Just watch out that no hungry pandas are about...

Click here to find out where to buy Impecca Bamboo products.
 

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Content source: www.treehugger.com, www.impeccausa.com

 

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19-01-2010 Our Savior, The Sun Station!

We’ve all been there – running frantically around from café to café trying to find a power point before the laptop dies. Never fear. Take a look outside, German innovator, Julene Aguirre-Bielschowsky has created our new best friend, the Sun Station. This extremely helpful and ecologically friendly innovation uses solar power to create energy, which in turn charges any electronic device. And the best part? It’s free for the public to use – so don’t need to buy that unwanted sandwich or coffee at the café just to use a power point! Soon, The Sun Station will be popping up in public areas – parks, train stations, bus stops and town centres, just to name a few. Your mobile and laptop will never die!

Made of concrete and teak wood, this ingenious piece of furniture is powered purely by solar energy, so use the Sun Station to charge your favourite technology the greener way.

Picture source: www.julene.de, www.ecofriend.org

Content source: www.ecofriend.org, www.renewablepowernews.com
 

19-01-2010 Spring without the Springs...

Jump into the new trend that all jumpers are raving about – The Springfree Trampoline. And why so fantastic? Firstly it’s safe – the World’s Safest Trampoline , to be exact. World class engineers have developed this design with all areas of accident prevention covered for avid trampolinists. With a FlexiNet Safety Enclosure System on the 8ft Round Trampoline they’ll be no leg breaking, no bruise making and no body parts caught in between the springs…

However don’t worry, young jumpers, The Springfree Trampoline will still spring you high into the air – it’s made of strong and extremely flexible fiberglass rods, located under the surface. So get jumping! Prices range from $945 – through to Jumbo trampolines which start at $2035. Available here to purchase online.
 

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Content source: www.springfreetrampoline.com.au

 

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19-01-2010 For the Ipod obsessed...

Now you can really sing in the shower and listen to your favourite tunes while lazing around in the pool – and you’ll never have to part with your beloved Ipod again. Introducing Atlantic’s new waterproof Ego Ipod speakers. “But I’m scared it’s not actually waterproof and my Ipod might die!” you blubber? It’s waterproof, alright. Atlantic’s Ego Ipod speakers ensure your Ipod keeps nice and dry with its special airtight latch, and is safe and sound in a durable shell that is triple-fortified. And there’s a bonus – the plastic case is shatterproof, made from polycarbonate – it’s tough – so that not only is it good in water, it’s great if you’re a bit clumsy and drop your music machine quite often). Yet never fear – even with all this covering, you can still easily work the clicker wheel.

So if you are as big of an Ipod addict as we are and need your best friend whether your inside the tub or outside in the pool, get your hands on one of these! Visit www.atlanticego.com for more info.


 

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19-01-2010 Be the belle of the beach

They’ll be more than one reason why you’ll be turning heads on the sand. The UK based label, JG4B, combines the distinguished graphic artist Jasper Goodall’s prints with renowned swimwear designer Louise Middleton’s chic bikini shapes. No wonder the brand is so popular. Vibrant and flattering, and with very cool styles – Galactic, Go-go and Prism Print, just to name a few- we are hooked, and you will you be too.And finally, if Gwen Stefani, Sienna Miller and Naomi Campbell wear Middleton’s pieces, and fashion magazines love Goodhall’s illustrations, then JG4B swimwear is our new favourite surf attire. The beach will be calling your name everyday…

Stock is completely sold out, however for up-to-date information about when you can buy a pair, visit http://www.jg4b.com/stockists.html .


 

 

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19-01-2010 Rain....Please stay!

With gumboots and raincoats becoming more and more stylish in the wet weather, it’s about time umbrellas take the plunge into the fashion world. Innovative UK based design company, Squid London, have created the latest chic accessory to brighten up the gloomy streets of England, with their first product collection – the Squid London umbrella. Made using hydro-chromatic ink, the limited edition umbrellas change into an array of colours when touched by water. Chic and practical (let’s not forget the prime purpose for an umbrella!) the Squid London umbrella will brighten anyone’s rainy day. And while helping you look uber cool, by purchasing a Squid London umbrella, you are helping others as well. The founders of Squid London, Viviane Jaegar and Emma-Jayne Parkes, have pledged to donate $2 from every umbrella to ChildReach International, a UK charity which is helping to assist children in developing countries.

With all this in mind, we’re hooked with Squid London’s umbrellas, and never want to see a sunny day again!

To purchase a Squid London umbrella, visit http://umbrellas.myshopify.com/products/bird-squit-umbrella
RRP: AUS $45
 

 

 

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Content source: www.squidlondon.com

12-01-2010 Clearly Worth a Toast!

No need to fear anymore, toast perfectionists, for your bread will never be too white, too brown, or too burnt again – UK design team, Inventables, have found a solution. The Transparent Toaster really is just that – a see through appliance consisting of two sheets of glass that are able to be heated, and therefore can cook bread while you watch. “This transparent toaster allows you to see bread while it is toasting so you’re never surprised by toast that comes out too dark,” The Inventables team explain. Put the bread in between the glass sheets, watch the slice cook until it’s the perfect colour, and eject. Simple and easy. Yet what’s so convenient about Inventables’ Transparent Toaster is it’s also for those who are too busy (or too impatient!) to watch their bread slowly turn to the optimal shade... the appliance also has a conventional timer dial. Sorted.
 

 

Source: www.smarthouse.com.au

12-01-2010 Savvy Chairs from Vespa Spares

In a time where society is becoming more and more conscious of the need to become actively eco-friendly, so too are many designers. This includes the Spanish design studio Bel & Bel. “Recycling is no doubt our starting point,” the team says, who are now combining “reused materials… to make objects such as furniture, lighting, appliances… and other utilities to build sustainable housing.” This is evident in the studio’s handmade leather chairs, which are created by combining parts of old Vespas – primarily the bike’s front and leg shields. The beautiful little Italian bike, known for its negative impact on the environment, is now being recycled- converted into furniture and art. Call it what you will, Bel & Bel’s Vespa chairs are contemporary, comfortable, and keeps the environment in mind.


       

 

 

 

Source: www.ecoshopper.net

12-01-2010 The Breton Stripe Hype

The fashion industry’s inevitable flow-on effect: Designers make it, celebrities wear it, and therefore eventually so do we. Now, the Breton Stripe has once again been pushed into the spotlight, this time through Balmain’s slouchy stripe jumper hitting the runways at the 2009 Paris Fashion Week. Since leaving the shores of Brittany, the French province where the Breton Stripe design was created in the 1950s, the fashion world has fallen in love with the design. And why not, says Emma Read, Fashion Director for Australian Fashion Magazine, RUSSH. “Breton style tops are subtly chic, supremely versatile and always a staple in any woman’s wardrobe.” Chic and versatile indeed. Think casual – matching the top up with jeans, flats and the boyfriend’s blazer, and now flip to formal – combine a Breton Stripe shirt with a pair of shiny, strappy heels, and an even shinier designer clutch. We’ll leave you with the current Breton Stripe fashion flow-on effect: Balmain and Bibico to Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer... and then to?

 

 

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